Tampa Bay Lightning and Carolina Hurricanes will face each other in one of the most exciting matches of the NHL Tuesday’s action. The hosts have improved their form recently, and they want to continue in the same fashion. The away side suffered its first defeat this season in the latest match, and they look forward to getting back on the winning track.
Tampa Bay had a slow start into the new season, but they managed to raise the level of their performances. The home side booked four wins on the previous five occasions and searches for another positive result. On the other hand, Carolina’s winning streak came to an end in the latest round. However, the visitors have been impressive so far, and they want to bounce back with a win.
Tampa Bay Lightning – Can they improve the defense?
The Lightning hasn’t been too impressive at the start of the campaign, but they have improved their form lately. Tampa Bay returns home after two matches on the road, where they had a 1-1 record. The defending champions are 3rd in the Atlantic Division with a 6-3-2 record, and they aim for a chance to defend the Stanley Cup. Tampa Bay heads to this match after beating the Senators 5-3 on the road, but only after three goals in the final period. Brian Elliott didn’t have a good time between the pipes, as his save percentage was below .900. Luckily for the Lightning, Ondrej Palat scored and logged a pair of assists, while Brayden Point assisted three times.
Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay in the offense with 14 points, while Alex Killorn has 11 points and is the best scorer with seven goals. Victor Hedman tops the assists column with nine and a total of ten points, while Anthony Cirelli has the best plus/minus rate. On the other hand, Andrei Vasilevskiy was the starting goalie in most matches and has had a .919 save percentage, allowing 2.40 goals per match. The Lightning hasn’t been impressive in defense so far, conceding 3.18 goals per contest.
Expected Line-Up: Andrei Vasilevskiy, Jan Rutta, Victor Hedman, Anthony Cirelli, Ondrej Palat, Brayden Point
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Carolina Hurricanes – Will they get back on the winning ways?
The Hurricanes enjoyed a perfect start until the latest round when they lost to the Panthers 5-2. Nevertheless, Carolina has been pretty confident so far, and they are first in the Metropolitan Division with a 9-1-0 record. However, their disciplined defense couldn’t resist the Panthers, and Frederik Andersen saved only 85.2% of the opponent’s attempts, conceding four goals. The Hurricanes chipped in only two goals, with Vincent Trocheck and Jesper Fast scoring a goal apiece.
Andrei Svechnikov has been Carolina’s most dominant player in the offense with 14 points, including a team-high seven goals. Sebastian Aho contributed with 11 points, while Vincent Trocheck and Tony DeAngelo have ten points apiece. DeAngelo also leads the assists column with eight, while Teuvo Teravainen logged seven assists. On the other hand, Frederik Andersen has been the first-choice goalie on nine occasions, posting a very good .939 save percentage. The Hurricanes have allowed only two goals per match, while Andersen has conceded 1.83 goals per contest.
Expected Line-Up: Frederik Andersen, Ethan Bear, Jaccob Slavin, Andrei Svechnikov, Sebastian Aho, Teuvo Teravainen
Expert Pick #1 – Carolina Hurricanes to win @+110
It is going to be a very close matchup, and both sides have a good chance of booking a victory. Nevertheless, the Hurricanes have been more consistent, despite their latest defeat. There is value in backing the visitors, and I’ll take them as my first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Over 5.5 @-110
Both teams have been pretty productive this season, with the Lightning producing 3.18 goals and Carolina with 3.9 goals per contest. On the other hand, the hosts have been pretty leaky in the back, and I expect here to see at least six goals in total. Therefore, I’ll go with the Over as my second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Hurricanes & Over 5.5 @+280
If you are hunting bigger odds, the combo bet might be a good choice for you. If the Hurricanes win and the game goes over a 5.5 margin, the profits will be excellent. That’s why I’m going with this combination as my third pick.